Preventing school dropouts

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Preventing school dropouts

We are at an amazing crossroads in the United States in terms of dropouts. We've never had such a high dropout rate.As a matter of fact, a child in high school now is more likely to drop out of high school than they when his or her parents were in high school. Why do we have the highest dropout rate we've ever had? The number one reason students give for dropping out is boredom. When they are asked, "What do you mean by boredom?" The number one is, "The material isn't interesting." Number two, "The material being taught doesn't apply to my life." Number three, "There is no interaction. We don't interact." It makes total sense because a brain in sustain boredom or frustration builds up stress. The information isn't getting to the higher brain, the emotional state is taking over, and there is no desire, curiosity, and no engagement. Boredom is a stressor and it's causing us graduates.

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After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Judy Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and master's of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. Judy Willis is an authority on brain research and its applications regarding learning. With the unique background as a parent, neurologist, classroom teacher, and neuro-educator she writes extensively for parenting magazines and professional educational journals. Dr. Willis has written six books for parents and educators about applying brain research to parenting and teaching.

Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California and gives presentations to parents and educators nationally and internationally about how to help children learn joyfully and successfully. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hawn Foundation, dedicated to helping children improve academic performance and acquire vital social and emotional skills. In 2011, she was honored by Edutopia, as a “Big Thinker on Education”.

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